Garden Grove, CA, October 21, 2013
California has long lead the nation in identifying and regulating toxic substances to protect workers, the public and the environment. Back in 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment.
Just this month, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control's (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products (SCP) initiative went into effect. The full regulations will be phased in over the next several years, but already regulators have published a list of chemicals that can be found in many consumer products that are known to be toxic. Manufacturers who use these chemicals in their products and plan to continue to offer them for sale in California will be asked to find safer alternatives.
According to the DTSC website, “The goals of this program are to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products, create new business opportunities in the emerging safer consumer products economy, and reduce the burden on consumers and businesses struggling to identify what’s in the products they buy for their families and customers.” It continues, “By shifting the question of an ingredient’s toxicity to the product development stage, concerns can be addressed early on. The approach results in safer ingredients and designs, and provides an opportunity for California industry to once again demonstrate its innovative spirit by making products that meet consumer demand throughout the world.”
One company that has been at the forefront of helping to identify toxic chemicals in consumer products is LA Testing. “The SCP initiative is good news for our state’s residents,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Products made with safe ingredients are a benefit to consumers and the environment. LA Testing provides a comprehensive list of consumer product testing services that are available to manufacturers, regulators, retailer and the general public.”
To learn more about testing for toxic chemicals or other consumer product and environmental services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.
LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The companies have an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. LA Testing has laboratories throughout California staffed with the industry’s leading scientists and advanced instrumentation.